The Grenada Bureau of Standards (GDBS) in collaboration with the CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality (CROSQ) through support from the Technical Barriers to Trade component of the 10th European Development Fund staged a three-day workshop from June 03-05, 2014 in celebration of World Accreditation Day. The workshop, focusing on Creating Confidence through the implementation of International Accreditation and Conformity Assessment Standards, targeted personnel from medical, testing and calibration laboratories as well as inspection and certification bodies. The main objective of the workshop was to build and upgrade Accreditation and Conformity Assessment capacity in these organisations and in so…

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The CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality (CROSQ) joins with other organisations in over ninety countries to celebrate World Accreditation Day on June 09, 2014. The theme for this year is Accreditation: Delivering confidence in the provision of energy. Accreditation is the independent assessment of bodies performing activities such as testing, calibration, inspection or certification against internationally recognised standards to ensure their competence, integrity and impartiality to perform these activities. This year’s theme is relevant as we in the Caribbean continue to make strides in developing our renewable energy capacity in areas such as hydropower, wind, solar and geothermal…

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Bridgetown, BARBADOS, May 27, 2014. CROSQ collaborated with one of its partners Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) to promote the work being done to strengthen the Regional Quality Infrastructure to overcome Technical Barriers to Trade (TBTs) at a two-day workshop hosted by the GIZ during the period May 26-27, 2014 at the Hilton Resort Barbados. Project Coordinator of the 10th EDF-CRIP-EPA-TBT Programme, Ms. Karlene Russell The Project Coordinator of the European Union funded 10th EDF-CRIP-EPA-TBT Programme at CROSQ, Ms. Karlene Russell gave a presentation on the initiatives being undertaken to strengthen the capacity of the National Standards Bureaus (NSBs) in the areas…

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Bridgetown, BARBADOS, May 28, 2014. The Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) hosted the launch of three programmes focused on food safety in the agro-processing and specialty foods sector at the Hilton Barbados today. The launch included the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) and the CARICOM Regional Organisation of Standards and Quality (CROSQ), the opening of a Special Call for Proposals – Food Safety for CARIFORUM agro-processing firms to receive financial assistance and, finally, the launch of the Agency’s new regional online Food Safety Portal. Present at the event…

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The Saint Lucia Bureau of Standards joins the global community to mark World Metrology Day on Tuesday 20th May. This year's theme is “Measurements and the global energy challenge. In a joint release, the International Bureau of Weights and Measures (BIPM) and the International Organization of Legal Metrology (OIML) stated, that, “the world is facing a growing global energy challenge over the coming decades. The crux of the problem is the growing energy demand, particularly from the emerging nations, coupled with the need to limit or reduce greenhouse gases. Add in the desire to have diversity and security of supply…

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The accreditation of the Bureau of Standards' Chemistry Laboratory to ISO/IEC 17025 — the international standards for testing labs — will allow Jamaica to exported tested foods to 69 countries across the world without hassle. The lab last Wednesday received its certificate of accreditation from the Jamaica National Agency for Accreditation (JANAAC) at a ceremony held at the Knutsford Court Hotel in Kingston. Like JANAAC, the 69 countries to which Jamaica can now export foods are signatories to the Mutual Recognition Arrangement of the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation. State minister in the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Sharon Ffolkes-Abrahams,…

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The Saint Lucia Bureau of Standards will launch a programme for the verification of measuring instruments used in the health sector as part of the SLBS mandate to protect health and safety. The verification programme targeting that sector is critical to ensuring that doctors and other health professionals are using reliable equipment in doing their jobs. Blood pressure meters will be the focus of this phase of verification. Blood pressure monitoring is a routine exercise in health protocols and the accuracy and reliability of results are important to diagnosis and treatment. Saint Lucia is grappling with treating an expanded problem…

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The Antigua and Barbuda Bureau of Standards (ABBS) in collaboration with the CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality (CROSQ) and the International Cooperation of the German Metrology Institute -Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) hosted the 2nd CALIDENA methodology workshop on 11 – 13 February, 2014 in Antigua & Barbuda. The goal of the CALIDENA Methodology is to strengthen the Quality Infrastructure (QI) services that are needed to support a specific value chain. The workshop’s objectives were to: Undertake a rapid participatory diagnosis of quality requirements needs for the Jams and Jellies Sector against the current supply of quality infrastructure services being…

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